A Human Rights Act for NSW
Australia was a key player in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet we are falling behind other western democracies. Australia is the only western democracy without an act that protects your human rights.
Within Australia the states of Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory have all implemented human rights legislation, yet without comparative legislation in NSW, the recognition and protection of our rights is weakened. We need to ensure that the values of equality, dignity and freedom expressed in human rights instruments inform policy formulation, the drafting of legislation and the actions of government and its agencies in NSW. The most effective way to achieve this is through a state Human Rights Act.
A state based Human Rights Act should take its cue from international human rights instruments and gurantee the people of NSW access to economic, social and cultural rights including the right to:
- Freedom of conscience and religion,
- Freedom of expression,
- Peaceful Assembly & Association,
- Equality & Fair Treatment before the law.
A Human Rights Act in NSW would ensure the rights of individuals, families, groups and communities are protected and respected. It will ensure government and its agencies consider and act consistently with human rights.
Now is the right time for NSW to enact a Human Rights Act.